Sustainability & ESG Accelerator for Decision-Makers

This condensed, online certificate course introduces the critical concepts of sustainability and ESG for effective governance and decision-making through a global lens.

Who Should Enroll:

The Sustainability & ESG Accelerator is for business leaders across various industries who seek to stay current with the most crucial aspects of sustainability and ESG.

It is specially designed to keep you informed about the most pressing global aspects of sustainability, providing intelligence and tools to help you deftly navigate geopolitics, cybersecurity, AI, human capital, good governance, and more.

This exciting course offers a unique, international perspective, crucial to navigating the complexities of global markets and aligning your strategies with evolving sustainability and governance standards. As such, our global course nicely complements regional programs focused on national standards and frameworks.

If your company sells in international markets, or you have offshore suppliers, having a global lens becomes a huge competitive advantage.

See who we work with to get a sense of the companies our distinguished alumni represent.

Why You Should Take This Course:

Rapid Understanding of Essentials: This course is tailored for quick learning and focuses on best practices, and gaining a concentrated understanding of the critical components of sustainability and ESG. It distills complex concepts into actionable insights, enabling decision-makers to quickly integrate these principles into their leadership and governance strategies.

Strategic Advantage: Equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate the evolving global landscape of sustainability and ESG, positioning your organization for strategic advantage. Understand how to balance financial objectives with environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and ethical governance to drive sustainable success.

Leadership and Preparation: Enhance your leadership capabilities by sharpening your skills to innovate and lead in sustainability and ESG. This course prepares leaders to face future challenges, seize opportunities, and make decisions that contribute to their organizations’ long-term resilience and ethical foundation.

Prestigious Certificate: Competent Boards is a globally recognized name in global sustainability and ESG education. This certificate enhances your professional credibility and marketability in a competitive landscape that increasingly values responsible leadership.

What to Expect:

Summarized Key Concepts: Each module includes concise summaries of essential information. These summaries distill the key concepts, making them easy to grasp and remember, perfect for busy decision-makers needing quick yet thorough insights.

Insights from Industry Leaders: Gain access to exclusive recorded insights from some of the world’s most influential leaders. These insights offer real-world perspectives and best practices, providing a practical understanding of sustainability and ESG practices.

Resourceful Learning Materials: Enhance your learning with a carefully curated collection of resources. This includes relevant articles and comprehensive reports that complement the course content.


In a short period of time, this course provided a wealth of information and connection to global ESG experts. It would be a good investment in every board director’s education portfolio.

Heather Briant
Corporate Board Director, CT REIT

Fantastic course, provides you with a deep perspective into ESG matters.

Vaishali Jeebodh
Attorney, Compliance Officer, Investec Bank Ltd

“The permanent value I have derived from Competent Boards is so immense, that anyone acceding to my recommendation to take their programs is likely to be grateful!”

Shailesh Haribhakti
Chairman, Blue Star LTD, Larsen&Toubro Financial Holdings LTD, NSDL E-Governance Infrastructure Co of India LTD, and Independent Director of Lafarge Holcim Subsidiaries, ACCLTD and Ambuja Cements LTD.

“A must for board members who would like to speak intelligibly about the ESG ramifications of decisions being made today in the boardroom.”

Manjit Sharma (GCB.D)
Board Director EDC, Vermilion Energy, Finning International

“A practical view (with) very experienced leaders sharing their experience on critical issues across a range of E, S and G areas.”

Venkataramanan Anantharaman
The Indian Hotels Company Limited, Axis AMC, Ecom Express
Martin Wolf Competent Boards

“Invaluable guidance on what boards must do if the businesses they guide are to respond successfully to today’s enormous economic, environmental and social challenges.”

Martin Wolf
Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Demystifying ESG for Enhanced Sustainability

It covers the essentials of ESG in corporate sustainability, beginning with an overview of the ESG framework, moving through the significance of materiality, global adoption trends, and concluding with strategies for managing sustainability and ESG risks and opportunities.

Module 2: Implementation

It focuses on implementing ESG principles into business management, highlighting strategies for integrating sustainability, understanding ratings and metrics for clear communication, and leveraging technology to enhance sustainability practices.

Module 3: Stakeholder Engagement

It delves into stakeholder engagement, starting with mapping stakeholders to understand their diverse interests. It then outlines developing tailored engagement strategies for these groups and emphasizes the importance of holistic transparency in sustainability and ESG practices.

Module 4: Reporting

It explores the dynamic reporting environment, focusing on key frameworks and new compliance standards. It emphasizes on reporting’s strategic role in informed decision-making, investor relations, and aligning with sustainability goals.

The on-demand curriculum features exclusive recorded insights from:

Justine Hendricks

President and Chief Executive Officer at FCC/ FAC

Daouii Abouchere

Director Sustainable Investing, EMEA at Wellington Management

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Board Member and Chair of the Social Responsibility Committee, Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Upkar Arora

CEO, Rally Assets; Board Member, Meridian Credit Union)

Eivind Lorgen

Founding Member, Investor Advisory Group, SASB; Former CEO and President, Nordea Asset Management, North America

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of “Net Positive”

Robert Eccles

Chair, KKR’s Sustainability Expert Advisory Council; Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Said Business School, Oxford University

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council; Integrated Reporting and Connectivity Council – Advisory Council Member, IFRS Foundation

And more...

Course Details

Certificate, Credly Badge

On-demand curriculum

Four modules

Access duration: 4-months



Course Fee

USD $1,200

Looking for an even deeper dive into sustainability and ESG?

Check out our live Global Competent Boards Sustainability & ESG Designation (GCB.D) and Certification, or our learn-at-your-own-pace Sustainability & ESG Certificate program.

Welcome, which course are you interested in:

Primarily discuss the topics through the lens of serving on the board. You must be serving on at least one board with fiduciary responsibility to enter this stream.

Discuss the topics through a wide range of business perspectives (including the board) and comprise senior executives, investors, and board advisors.

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